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Victoria Spurlock

U.S. Programs Manager

Growing up, I always wanted to learn Spanish. When Robin and Pablo presented about Live N Learn in my high school classroom, I decided to travel with them to Spain in the summer of 2016! On that trip, we spent one week traveling through Andalucía, and one week with a host family in Madrid. My host sister from that trip is still one of my best friends to this day.

When I returned to the U.S. after my trip from Live N Learn, everything had changed. My eyes were opened to the fact that people in countries that speak another language do EVERYTHING in that language. They order at restaurants, go to the grocery store, play sports, do their homework, etc. all in that language. I realized I had a lot of vocabulary to learn if I wanted to become more fluent. I practiced Spanish 24/7 when I came home from that trip– I even started talking to myself in the car in Spanish!

The following summer, in 2017, I decided to become a host for another Spanish sister through Live N Learn. That month literally changed my life. I met a group of Spanish and American friends that I still talk to today. I feel so lucky to have connections on the other side of the world.

I attended Belmont University to study Global Leadership and Spanish. During my college experience, I spent a semester at the Universidad de Valladolid in 2019. Many weekends, I took a train to visit the friends I had met through Live N Learn! I even stayed with one of my Spanish sisters and her family for a month after my program ended. I treasure my time in Spain– I’m always looking for my next chance to visit!

Live N Learn has transformed my life. I have met friends who have become family, gotten to experience Spain’s rich history and gastronomy, and become more culturally competent. Now, I am so excited to be a part of this team so I can help other students have their own unique LNL Experience. I know firsthand that Live N Learn changes lives!.